Convener of Unity House Foundation (UHF), a good governance advocacy group, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, has said the spread of Coronavirus pandemic into Nigeria exposed the country’s unpreparedness in the area of food security.
Wali, who stated this when he appeared on a live Facebook programme monitored in Port Harcourt, said the lock down of the entire country as a result of the pandemic proved that Nigerians cannot feed themselves.
He said: “I would say that what has happened is a wonderful thing. It is wonderful in the sense that it brought to fore a lot of things that were taken for granted in our society.
“For example, the issue of food security. It was Covid-19 that actually proved to us that we cannot feed ourselves. No nation can truly claim to be a nation if it cannot feed itself. How long can preserve food that were perishable. We were not prepared for it.”
Wali, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it is the responsibility of all to ensure that a government performs well through participation in the implementation of policies as well as engaging those in charge to ensure that programme and policies were in the best interest of all.
He said: “Good governance is the only way you and I can assured of better tomorrow for your kids and children unborn because society, to a large extent develops depending on emphasis placed on government and governance, which supposes that we shouldn’t see governance or government as normal thing that just exist.
“Government should not just exist. Government should exist to better and assure the society of a better tomorrow, at lease for the benefit of all precisely. As human beings, we must see to it that those who are responsible for piloting the affairs of governance.
“Like I said earlier, it is a responsibility of all. Government does not just appear; there is a process through which government is firmed and we must stop thinking that it is like a shop.
“People just go and pick something from a shop. Government is not transactional; it is a process and we must all participate in the process at all levels.
“Participate in the implementation as well as engaging the government or trustees in ensuring that the quality is in the best interest of the society. We must accept that it is the responsibility of all; we the people, those in government.”